Here’s our newest hand painted French Provincial bombé:
Hand painted French Provincial Bombe

I don’t find much French Provincial furniture at estate sales, but this little guy grabbed my attention. We’ve handled so much Mid-Century Modern furniture lately — which we don’t usually paint — that I welcomed this piece.

Hand-painted bombe nightstand
Boston and Starbuck Appraising the Bombé

He doesn’t have a stellar pedigree but he’s so cute! His original look was faux leather with gold filigree.

Bombe handle
Bombe’s Handle

Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue — I had some, so it went down as the base coat.

French Provincial Bombe
First Coat of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg and Old White

Once that dried I mixed different tones of Duck Egg and Old White and set to work. I wanted to create an Old World patina using light and shadow. This process is always a judgment call, in that I work on a section until I’m satisfied with the mix of tones. I wait for that section to dry and adjust as needed.

Hand-painted French Provincial bombé

I finished up by dry brushing touches of Old White and French Linen and then Clear Waxed. He still needed something, so I lightly distressed to add interest and texture.

Hand-painted French Provincial Bombe
Hand-painted French Provincial Bombe
Hand painted French Provincial Bombe

Here’s something I learned: there’s a bombe (pronounced BOM) dessert and a bombé (with the accent, it’s pronounced bom-BEY) piece of furniture. That means you may place the bombe (BOM) on the bombé (bom-BEY), like this:

Bombe on Bombe
Sources: Bombe on Bombé

Or the bombé (bom-BEY) on the bombe (BOM), like this:

Bombé on Bombe
Sources: Bombé on Bombe




For another example of my layering technique, check out this Empire Revival library table.

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17 Comments on Hand Painted French Provincial Bombé

  1. kandice
    February 17, 2016 at 3:06 am (5 years ago)

    so cute! I love the frenchie blue look

    • irisabbey
      February 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Kandice. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I still haven’t taken it into the shop yet — it looks so lovely in my home. But it’s going.

    • irisabbey
      February 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

      Cynthia, thanks for your kind words. Painting this little guy reminded me how much I enjoy painting.

  2. Eilis
    February 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm (5 years ago)

    It is lovely! I have never painted over the hardware before. I will have to try that.

    • irisabbey
      February 17, 2016 at 6:16 pm (5 years ago)

      Eilis, thanks for your comment. I debated about a nanosecond about painting the hardware. I knew I’d lightly distress the piece and that would help highlight the hardware. I remember you from the reupholstered chair — you did a great job.

    • irisabbey
      February 18, 2016 at 3:46 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Carol. It reaffirmed that I need to do more painting between all the Mid-Century Modern.

  3. Tammy
    February 19, 2016 at 8:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Very pretty!

    • irisabbey
      February 20, 2016 at 2:19 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Tammy. I appreciate your comment.

  4. Mary-the boondocks blog
    February 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm (5 years ago)

    What a gorgeous piece of furniture that it. I didn’t really see it’s potential till you painted it and then it looked like it belonged in Marie Antoinette’s court. Simply regal!

    • irisabbey
      February 22, 2016 at 3:22 am (5 years ago)

      Well, your comment certainly put a big smile on my face. I think this bombé is heading into our booth tomorrow.

  5. Susie
    February 20, 2016 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Great makeover! The color is such a dreamy blue. And, how clever to paint the hardware. Great job. Thanks for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix…….Susie

    • irisabbey
      February 22, 2016 at 3:23 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Susie. I always enjoy your party.

  6. Suzanne
    February 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous! Sharing today on the Link Party!

  7. Diana
    March 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Your process worked beautifully, Ann Marie; she’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing her with us all at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • irisabbey
      March 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Diana. A delightful young lady fell in love with it and bought it. Even though I didn’t have her exact facial image in mind when I painted this bombé, she’s the person I imagined would buy it. A win-win.


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